The early works of Paul Auster convey the loneliness of the individual fully committed to the work of writing, as if he were confined within the book that dominates his life. All through Auster's poetry, essays and fiction, the work of writing is an actual physical effort, an effective construction, as if the words aligned in the poem-text were stones to place in a row when building a wall or some other structure in stone.This book studies the symbolism of the genetic substance of the world (re)built through the work of writing, inside the walls of the room, closed in space and time, though open to an unlimited mental expansion. Paul Auster's work is an aesthetic-literary self-reflection about the mission of writing. The writer-character is like an inexperienced God, whose hands may originate either cosmos or chaos, life or death, hence Auster's recurring meditation on the work and the power of writing, at the same time an autobiography and a self-criticism.The stones, the wall, and the room - the words, the page, and the book - are the ontological structure of the imaginary cosmos generated in Paul Auster's mind, like a real world born of the magma of words lost in another, interior world.
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Number of pages: 155
Weight: 363 g
Dimensions: 212 x 148 x 20 mm
Edition: Unabridged edition